The Environment Agency is looking for new members to help tackle issues related to flooding in Dorset.

The Wessex Regional Flood and Coastal Committee (RFCC) is recruiting people to play a crucial role in helping to decide local issues when it comes to tackling flooding and coastal erosion.

There are three independent roles up for grabs that will involve considering climate change impacts, approving programmes of work and supporting the work of the Environment Agency alongside local flood authorities.

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A spokesperson for the Environment Agency said: “The committee, which covers Somerset, Dorset, Wiltshire, Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole, Bristol, and parts of Gloucestershire and Hampshire, is recruiting three new independent members (x1 conservation member and x2 general independent members) to help manage flood and coastal erosion risk.

“Being an RFCC member is an exciting and rewarding opportunity to help communities throughout Wessex in need of flood and coastal erosion solutions.

“Applicants must have an interest in and willingness to learn about flood and coastal erosion risk management and a desire to make a real difference to people’s lives and to the environment we live in. Technical expertise or specific qualifications are not required to be a member.”

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RFCC members are appointed as impartial individuals and not as representatives of any organisation.

The committee meets four times a year at locations within the Wessex area, although successful candidates may also be asked to attend additional meetings. These are voluntary positions but reasonable expenses, including travel, can be claimed.

Applications close on Sunday, November 26

Full information, including how to apply, can be found on the Environment Agency Careers website